Tattoos seem to be everywhere these days, from Angelina Jolie to David Beckham. Indeed, tattoos have gone mainstream. In the last ten years, more and more teens are getting tattoos and large tattoos. A study showed that almost forty percent of young people from 18 to 29 have tattoos inked on their bodies and most of them have from two to five tattoos.

Tattoo laws for people below 18 vary in every state. In many instances, they also differ from city to city. A child psychiatrist Edward Hallowell stated that parents of teens who want tattoos inked on their bodies must keep an open dialogue regarding it. Honest and open discussion with your teen goes a long way in helping her or him realize the tattoo’s permanent nature. As a parent, consider starting a conversation about tattoos even before it becomes a hot topic at home.

The major concerns associated with tattoos and teenagers are problems that may occur if there is regret in their choice later on. Furthermore, there is a great possibility of other people, including employers to treat a person with a tattoo differently and to discriminate. Some tattoo artists caution that tattoos inked on still-developing bodies could in time turn to worst as the skin stretches.

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